What Sensitive Teeth May Mean About Your Oral Health
We don’t know about you, but we could not be more excited for the warm summer weather! Would you love to go to your favorite ice cream shop to indulge in a delicious summer treat but hesitate because of the effect on your teeth? If you feel discomfort when eating foods and drinks with extreme temperatures you are most likely suffering from tooth sensitivity. While sensitivity is normal to be experienced from time to time, if you find yourself avoiding certain foods or experiencing the sensation quite often, your mouth is giving you a warning that there is a problem. The good news is that we can help you with your problem!
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Teeth are composed of many layers. The outer layer, also known as the enamel, is the strongest substance in the body. It protects the inner portion of the tooth which contains the nerves of the tooth. When the tooth enamel becomes compromised in any way, it can lead to tooth sensitivity. There are a number of ways that the tooth enamel can become compromised or damaged and they include reasons such as:
- Worn tooth enamel from grinding your teeth or brushing too aggressively
- Consuming too many acidic foods
- Tooth decay
- A cracked tooth or missing filling
- Receding gums or exposed tooth root
- Gum disease
One Way to Help Tooth Sensitivity
One of the best ways to help tooth sensitivity is to evaluate the way you brush your teeth. If you are using vigorous motions or a toothbrush with hard bristles, you are causing more damage to your teeth. Be sure to use gentle motions while brushing. We also recommend investing in a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
The only time that tooth sensitivity is to be expected is following certain dental treatments. In these cases, we will discuss it with patients so they know what to expect. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity and it has become bothersome or you are concerned, please reach out to our office located in St. Paul, MN to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is occurring. See you soon!